MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Bible Literacy

The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Bible Literacy program is designed to provide educators with experience in integrating the Bible into instruction and assessment. This will enable educators to legally and ethically incorporate the Bible into content instruction in educational settings.

The Next Start Date is November 13th

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Bible Literacy Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives and requirements for the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Bible Literacy online degree program, successful candidates will also demonstrate:

  • Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress in relation to Oregon's Common Core State Standards and specific district standards
  • Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students
  • An understanding of the ways that the specific curricular/instructional area has the potential to be responsive to classroom diversity
  • A clear understanding of the moral leadership required of them as advanced scholars in the chosen area of curriculum and instruction
  • The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results
 

Course Descriptions

Students enrolled in the Bible Literacy program must complete:

  • Four core courses required for the Curriculum & Instruction degree
  • Foundation courses for the specific concentration

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
12 credits
EDGR 502 (3)
Developing Character Through the Curriculum

This course will provide teachers with the resources and skills necessary to integrate character themes and character development into their school curriculum. It provides a forum in which to discuss and develop one's own moral perspectives on the basis of generally accepted criteria.

EDGR 535 (3)
Theories of Teaching and Learning
This course is designed to provide leaders with the latest psychological research about learning and guide them in exploring ways to directly apply these precepts to their current work setting. Topics will include cognitive science, learning theory, and relevant teaching theories that utilize this information. The course will fuse the latest biological and psychological understanding of how the brain learns so candidates can harness this knowledge and apply it directly to learning situations.
EDGR 595 (3)
Community of Learners
Relationships constructed on trust are critical for an efficient, collegial, collaborative workplace. This course challenges candidates to confront the tremendous diversity in their current environment and develop strategies to build community in the midst of the social, ethnic, economic and alternative lifestyle differences that permeate today's 21st century workplace. In sum, this course stresses the critical importance of creating community in the workplace and illustrates how that community, once established, can generate an efficient, supportive, and positive work place.
EDGR 602 (3)
Contemporary Educational Thought

Candidates identify, review, and analyze major trends and issues impacting the contemporary state and national educational scenes. Each class session provides students with an opportunity to evaluate the advantages and liabilities of current educational reforms and issues from the perspective of prevailing educational research as well as from their own personal beliefs and current work environment. Candidates will also consider how they can impact and influence change in their own workplace.

*This course is offered in a seminar format online, which consists of three one-week (1 credit) courses that are taken throughout the program.

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Bible Literacy
12 credits
EDCI 533 (3)
Teaching Writing Using the Bible

Course participants will analyze best practices in writing instruction and assessment that incorporate effective use of the Bible as a text.

EDCI 534 (3)
The Bible as Literature

Course participants will identify and analyze the Bible as a form of literature and recognize connections with language arts instruction. Candidates will develop instruction that emphasizes content area literacy best practices utilizing the Bible.

EDCI 550 (3)
Project-Based Learning Using the Bible

This course addresses constructivism and project-based learning using the Bible as a literary resource in school settings. Course participants will consider the theoretical and practical elements of project-based learning as a form of inquiry in educational settings. Emphasis is placed on implementing authentic assessment practices within State prescribed standards.

EDCI 553 (3)
Foundations of Using the Bible as Literature in Schools

This course addresses the legal, moral, and ethical implications of the use of the Bible as a literary resource in school settings. Course participants will consider the theoretical and practical underpinnings of the Bible as a form of literature and explore the legalistic and ethical concerns with its use.

Research Course 1
3 credits
EDGR 601 (3)
Educational Research

This course provides students with the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to plan their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.

Research Course 2
3 credits
The Master of Education culminates with one of three additional research courses:

Research Course 2
3 credits   Select one of the following:
EDGR 696 (3)
Practitioner Inquiry

Practitioner Inquiry focuses on the reflective acts of the candidate as an educator seeking to improve teaching practice. Premised in the self-study research methodological traditions (Samaras, 2011), Practitioner Inquiry provides the opportunity to reflect on teaching practice and generate improvements based on classroom observation. Practitioner Inquiry focuses on the educator and her/his own practices, developing skills of inquiry, observation, reflection, and action in teachers. Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research

EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research

Action research is one of the capstone projects for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will learn more about the action research methodology, complete final edits of the Literature Review, and design a complete Action Research proposal including data collection methods and analysis approaches. (During this course, the proposal will NOT be implemented with students/participants.)
This design provides students with the requisite skills and means to pursue the transformative practice called "Action Research" in their classroom, school, district or other work environment. The design method for the capstone project closely aligns with current classroom realities, with district and school requirements, and the needs of teachers and students.

EDGR 699 (3)
Thesis

The Thesis offers the graduate student the opportunity to investigate, in depth, a topic in the field of education. The student, working with his or her thesis instructor, will explore relevant literature and present a thesis following the procedure established by the College of Education.

Any of the above options provide candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.

Earning Your Curriculum & Instruction: Bible Literacy Master's Degree Online

The Bible Literacy Master's program is fully online. This online format uses cutting-edge curriculum delivered on easy-to-use online learning technology to provide students with a challenging educational experience. Each online course is 5 weeks in length.

 

Career Opportunities

  • Lead Teacher, School- and District-wide Bible Literacy Program
  • Higher Education Instructor in the Teaching of Bible Literacy
  • Bible Literacy Consultant & Information Source About the Bible Literacy Project (a non-partisan, non-profit entity that encourages and facilitates the academic study of the Bible in public schools, Front Royal, VA)
  • Advisor to publishers of Bible Literacy textbooks for Middle School/High School instruction
  • Bible Literacy Professional Development Leader, Middle School/High School
  • Bible Literacy Program Advisor to Local, State, National Policymakers
  • Reading Tutor Specializing in Bible Literacy
  • Division or Department Chair (Middle/High School)
  • Literacy Leader, School and District
  • Public or Private School Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Provider – (tutoring program offered in schools to increase academic achievement)

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